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Google Focused Linux PC’s Fail At Wal-Mart

Posted in Technology News by priyangpatel on March 11, 2008

gos.jpgPC’s running a Google focused version of Linux have been dropped from sale in Wal-Mart stores.

The Everex gPC launched in October with a $199 price tag and an operating system that put Google front and center. The gOS Linux Distribution offered direct links into Google services such as Gmail and Google Docs, as well as links to Wikipedia and Facebook. We asked in November whether gOS is the direction computers were heading, where the Operating System is nothing more than a conduit to the cloud, with minimal local applications.

According to a Wal-Mart spokesman quoted on AP, “This really wasn’t what our customers were looking for.” The gPC will still be available via Wal-mart.com, with Everex spinning the decision as “significantly more effective” than selling the gPC in stores.

Some will argue that the failure of gPC’s to take off bides poorly for both Linux distros and cloud focused offerings. The decision really just shows that low-spec cheap junk with a Google focused operating system is no more appealing to consumers than low-spec cheap junk with Windows, even when the price of the Linux option is significantly less. The sales success of the Asus EeePC (with its focus on the cloud) demonstrates that buyers are willing to purchase a Linux powered cloud focused PC when the computer it comes with provides decent or innovative tech and is low priced.

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How to view code that is covered by the IntelliSense pop-up

Posted in Technology News by priyangpatel on March 11, 2008

When working in Visual Studio 2008 and the IntelliSense pop-up is visible, but you would like to view the code that is covered by it, press and hold the Ctrl key, and the pop-up becomes transparent so that you can view the code that is below the pop-up.

Google fixes security flaw in Reader

Posted in Technology News by priyangpatel on November 28, 2006

Google said it fixed a security flaw in Google Reader on Wednesday that could have allowed a hacker to steal sensitive information from Web surfers.

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Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft join forces on sitemaps

Posted in Technology News by priyangpatel on November 23, 2006

That sound you hear? It’s the sound of a million webmasters shouting for joy. I certainly didn’t see it coming, but Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google have entered an agreement to support a single, unified sitemap protocol, which webmasters can use to give all three companies’ search engines a complete listing of their site’s pages.
Microsoft’s Live Search Blog, the Yahoo! Search Blog, and Google’s Webmaster Central Blog all have announcements about the unified effort, and the companies have launched sitemaps.org to promote the protocol. The protocol itself has been released under the Creative Commons license and other search engines have been invited to use it as well. Search Engine Watch has the press release.

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Searchdotnet.com – Google Custom Search Engine For .NET

Posted in Technology News by priyangpatel on November 23, 2006

Appleman, president of Desaware has published Searchdotnet.com. Using the Google custom search engine technology, this site enables developers to easily search for .NET specific information over 400+ web sites. He has also created a specific search engine for .NET components http://searchdotnet.com/components/default.aspx. Developers are invited not only to utilize the sites but also to suggest web sites for inclusion.

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